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Posted By Jenny Byrd, Coalition To Restore Coastal Louisiana, Wednesday, March 25, 2015


TheCoalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana(CRCL) invites you to participate in a three day marsh grass planting April 9 - 11 at Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge. We will be planting nearly 13,000 plugs of marsh grass and we need your help! This project will assist in stabilizing the marsh soils with the intention of preventing future erosion and creating wildlife habitat.

Project Details:

When:Thursday-Saturday, April 9th-11th, 2015
9:00 a.m. to no later than 4:00 p.m.

Where:Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge

Volunteers may register for one or multiple days.

Due to the logistics of this event, we cannot accommodate volunteers arriving late or needing to return early.

Important information:

  • Directions and additional details will be provided to registered volunteers via e-mail a few days prior to the event.
  • Volunteers will be transported to the planting site by air boat. Please note theminimum age for volunteers is 18.
  • Planting in the marsh is a strenuous activity, so physical fitness is required. The site is very muddy so volunteers need to plan on gettingVERY Dirty!
  • All equipment (life vests, etc) and lunch and drinks (with vegetarian options) will be provided to all volunteers.

We require that all volunteers please registerto let us know if you plan to attend.If anyadditional membersof your family/friends are attending, then theymust also register.You canregister to volunteer on Thursday, April 9 at the bottom of this page.

Planting on our coast is wonderful way to spend a day and we would like to ensure that everyone gets a chance to have a great experience.

  • If, after registering, you find you are unable to attend, please notify us of yourcancellation.
  • If the event registration is full, you can be added to awaiting list.
  • If you'd like to bring out agroup, please let us know and we'll try our best to accomodate you.

For any of the above inquiries, you can contact our Habitat Restoration Program Coordinator, Jenny Byrd

Additional project support provided by:

When Thursday, April 09, 2015
9 AM - 4 PM
Where Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge


Register Here: 


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Points of Light Volunteer Program Management Training Offered

Posted By SusanDelle Shaffette, DOVIA New Orleans, Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Volunteer Program Management Training

Hosted by DOVIA New Orleans

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION SPECIAL! Sign up for the 6-part Points of Light training at a super discount rate in gratitude for sharing your time and talents! $75 for members/non-members! This rate good through April 1st only. $125 for members after April 1st or $200 for non-members.

The six-part training series on volunteer program management was developed by the Points of Light Foundation. The training covers many topics that the leaders of volunteers need to accomplish their work in the field.

Course 1: Understanding Volunteering-volunteer trends in the U.S.; characteristics of effective volunteer programs; and volunteer motivation models.

Course 2: Planning a Volunteer Program-conducting basic needs assessments; creating volunteer position descriptions; and developing a purpose statement, policies and budget.

Course 3: Recruiting and Placing Volunteers-developing volunteer recruitment strategies and messages; accessing underutilized volunteers; and interviewing volunteers for optimal placement.

Course 4: Orienting and Training Volunteers-identifying training needs; building a training session; and effective training delivery.

Course 5: Supervising Volunteers-defining and communicating expectations; supervising and recognizing people with different motivations; and developing a recognition plan.

Course 6: Evaluating a Volunteer Program-deciding what to evaluate; assessing volunteer satisfaction, management and outcomes; and using evaluation information.

The six sessions are offered over 3 weeks with 2 courses presented per day. The upcoming dates are April 7, 14, and 21. It will be presented by Nicholas Auck, Director of Volunteer Outreach, Volunteer Louisiana (Lt. Governor's Office).  

Attendees can register for one or several sessions or the full series. Download the brochure. 

The course will be presented on the Northshore at the Louisiana Heart Hospital in Lacombe. For additional information, go to:  

For questions or additional information, contact Missy Vivien, DOVIA Community Outreach Coordinator.

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Launch Media to Give Away $25,000 in Video to LANO Members!

Posted By John Jackson, Launch Media, Thursday, March 19, 2015


In February, Launch Media proudly recognized its 10-year anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, Launch Media, in partnership with LANO, would like to collaborate with nonprofit organizations in our state. Video has proven to be an invaluable tool for nonprofits communicating their mission and their organization’s impact. Launch will select organizations from a pool of applicants (only existing LANO Organizational Members are eligible) and reward them with video services totaling $25,000 collectively.

John Jackson has led his business under the auspice that progress in our community and state depends on our for-profit and nonprofit sectors working together. Jackson’s love for the Baton Rouge Area coincides with the hard work he sees being tackled by our nonprofits throughout the city. Local support for Launch is inspiring, especially since the downtown opening of the Creative Bloc (a 11,500 square-foot collaborative workspace for visual and creative professionals) and this project will be a small thank you for the support the business has seen and for the big impact our nonprofits have on our community. Further, John's roots in Lake Charles and his wife's roots in New Orleans inspired him to extend this opportunity state wide. Organizations from all areas of the state are invited and encouraged to apply.

Let Launch Media help you tell your story. Gain support for your organization.

Make Louisiana stronger.

Deadline for applications is May 31, 2015.






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LANO members: Download two new FREE book summaries

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, LANO members can access these new book summaries and others by CausePlanet.

1.   Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner by Anjali Sastry and Kara Penn

Everyone fails but how can you fail better so you prepare for failures and learn from them more efficiently? Find out more from this new summary.

2.   With Charity for All: Why Charities Are Failing and a Better Way to Give by Ken Stern

Where does the nonprofit sector most need improvement and how can you increase your impact? Ken Stern, former CEO of National Public Radio, gives invaluable insights for you.

Download this summary and others in 3 simple steps:

1.     Visit

2.     Click on "Subscriber Log-in” at the top right corner, using your email and "Password1”.

3.     Click on "Visit the Summary Library” and download any title you like.

Questions? Email us at

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Coming Soon: CommitChange Professionals

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Made For Nonprofit Professionals.

We are excited to announce the launch of ourProfessionals PackageonMay 1st.You've probably already noticed a few additional features in "beta" throughout your account. Some things to look for in this new tier are communication history, snapshot dashboard, supporter profiles, note taking, category tags, email integrations, and much much more!

As we prepare for the new tier to launch, all "beta" features will be available in both Basics and Essentials accounts untilMay 1st. Please test it out and send us your feedback. If you're already an Essentials User, there are some limited discounts available. Get in touch to find out more.
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Nonprofit Spotlight:


Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA) is a multicultural agency committed to serving victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse.

Meet the people of CORA, learn about the fundraising challenges they have encountered and how they are overcoming these using technology.

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Your Social Media



Social media is a powerful tool for spreading the word about your cause and raising funds.

With the variety of social networks currently available, it can be a bit intimidating to create pages that represent your organization.

Want to know more about social media and fundraising? Click below!

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Tags:  fundraising  nonprofit  non-profits  social media  software 

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Blue Cross Foundation to Grant $160,000 to Louisiana Angels

Posted By Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, Monday, March 16, 2015


The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will award $160,000 to Louisiana Angels who perform extraordinary work for Louisiana’s at-risk children.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Angel Award is a statewide recognition program honoring exceptional volunteer efforts on behalf of Louisiana’s youth. The award is granted to eight volunteers who assist in increasing awareness of children’s needs and providing resources to help address them. Once chosen, each winner will name a 501(c)(3) organization to receive a grant of $20,000. Since 1995, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.8 million to more than 160 individuals improving the lives of Louisiana children.


Angel Award honorees are selected by a panel of past honorees based on their efforts to enhance a child’s life – physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually.  The volunteer efforts may be through churches, schools, civic organizations or individual effort.

The following are the criteria they consider and nominators are asked to carefully consider this list:

  • NEED: Did the nominee contribute a needed service to Louisiana children?

  • ACTION: Was the nominee active, not just a figurehead?

  • INITIATIVE: Did the nominee initiate new programs or activities and use new methods to solve problems?

  • ACHIEVEMENT: Has the nominee accomplished desired results?

  • IMPACT: Has the activity or service provided by the nominee produced positive changes and provided examples for other groups?

  • TIME: Was the amount of time devoted to the activity or service significant?

  • CHALLENGE: Did the nominee have to overcome any unusual challenges, such as limited resources or public misperception of the problem?


Individuals who are paid for their services are eligible, but their efforts must be considered to go above and beyond their job descriptions. Work done on work-release time and/or for student course credit may also be considered. Individuals may not be nominated posthumously.


To submit a nomination electronically, please click here. Supplemental information in support of the nomination, including testimonial letters, brochures, news articles, photos and videos, is encouraged but cannot be returned.


Hard copy nomination packets are also available by calling toll-free 1-888-219-BLUE (1-888-219-2583) or emailing


Please note that the nomination deadline is May 22, 2015. Award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony during Fall 2015.


Tags:  Angel  Angel Awards  Blue Cross  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana  Blue Cross Blue Sheld  Foundation 

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Grant Writing Seminar

Posted By David Kiviaho, kiisa Corporation, Friday, March 13, 2015

Why do you want to take another grant writing seminar! Because kiisa corporation has a proven track record of winning grant awards, as well as working with many foundations and funders that offer grant opportunities! Also, with kiisa corporation and LSU Continuing Education, you will be assured that all information and data presented is well researched and presented with up to date funder in formation, grant writing principles, and data research. This seminar is highly interactive and you will participate in practical writing and learning exercises which make the difference when trying to strengthen your skills at grant writing. You will also leave this course with interactive materials, which you may use in your daily funder activities within your organization.

kiisa corporation founders have written grants and worked in the field of grant writing for over 25 years. Organizations throughout the state of Louisiana have attended this course with stellar results. This seminar is created for all levels of grant writers, and is exceptional! The course dates are March 24th and 25th! Register now to save your seats. Please, click the registration button below to join this Successful Grant Writing Seminar.

Register to Attend Railway Interchange/2013

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"An Evening with Great Authors"

Posted By Gary Robertson, Adult Literacy Advocates, Monday, March 09, 2015

Adult Literacy Advocates of Greater Baton Rouge, along with the LSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, proudly present a celebration of the work of authors Gary L. Stewart and Susan Mustafa on Thursday, March 19th, 6 p.m. at the Dalton Woods Auditorium - LSU School of the Coast and Environment.

Gary L. Stewart earned his Bachelor of Science degree from LSU, and is Vice President of Delta Tech Service of Louisiana.  Ten years ago, Gary began writing a journal, chronicling every detail of his search for his father and his own identity, and the heartbreaking discoveries he makes along the way. That journal served as the basis for The Most Dangerous Animal of All (A compelling New York Times Bestseller).  Gary resides in Louisiana with his wife, Kristy, and son, Zach.

Susan Mustafa is an award-winning author and journalist.  In addition to Susan’s latest release, The Most Dangerous Animal of All, she is also the co-author of Dismembered, written with Sue Israel, which chronicles the story of serial killer Sean Vincent Gillis, a Louisiana killer who confessed to the brutal murders and mutilations of eight women; and Blood Bath, about the life and crimes of serial killer Derrick Todd Lee, linked by DNA to the murders of seven Louisiana women. Blood Bath was written with Special Prosecutor Tony Clayton and Sue Israel.  Susan lives in Louisiana with her husband, Scott.

Tickets are $20 per person, but students with a valid ID can purchase tickets for $5, and senior citizens (age 65+) can purchase tickets for $10.  Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided. Sponsorship opportunities are available for companies that wish to make a tax-deductible contribution to support the event.

Attendees can purchase tickets at the door, but because seating is limited, early registration is encouraged. Tickets can be purchased online at Guests can also call 225-383-1090 or e-mail to inquire about tickets. All proceeds from the event will benefit ALA’s students, programs and educational outreach services.  Donations will be accepted at the event.

In addition, The LSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi will be collecting books at this event to be donated to South Louisiana| Teach for America. Please bring a new or gently used book. This will be greatly appreciated.

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Your Nonprofit's Social Media Questions Answered

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Friday, March 06, 2015

It’s impossible to deny the prevalence of social media platforms these days. Social networks have proven to be so powerful and influential that many businesses and non-profit organizations have integrated them to their communication strategies.

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Source: Nonprofit Marketing Guide

With the variety of social networks and content currently available online, it can be a bit intimidating to create pages that represent your organization, especially if you’re new to social networks. Here are some of the most common questions we usually come across from nonprofits when it comes to the early stages of building up your social media channels.

  • Why should my organization be active on social media?
  • What social platforms should my nonprofit be in?
  • We are just getting started, how can we grow our following base?
  • What kind of content should I be sharing on social media?
  • How can I keep my followers interacting with my content on social media?
  • How can I make my social media campaigns stand out from the crowd?

Read the answers to these questions on our blog!

Tags:  nonprofit  social fundraising  social media 

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Webinar: How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website

Posted By Lori Kadavy, Firespring, Thursday, March 05, 2015

Webinar: How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 9:30 a.m. CT.


82% of donors visit a nonprofit’s website before giving.

Your website can’t afford to be ineffective. We can help.

Learn the keys to building an engaging website from CEO, Jay Wilkinson, one of America's top-rated speakers on websites and marketing for nonprofits.

  • Learn the 3 biggest mistakes nonprofits make with their websites.
  • Hear the 5 required elements of an engaging website.
  • See examples of nonprofits that master their online presence.




  • About the Presenter
  • Jay Wilkinson is a lifelong entrepreneur and longtime business owner. He sits on the board of several nonprofits and is an avid supporter of programs that provide leadership and enrichment programs for America's youth. He speaks regularly on the topic of nonprofits and the web throughout the United States. He has appeared on CNN and other news outlets discussing how emerging technologies are shaping our future and is considered a leading authority on the impact of marketing on the web for nonprofits.

Tags:  firespring  Fundraising  jay wilkinson  training  webinar  website  website development 

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